Etherington explains how Pochettino was tactically exposed on Twitter


The former Stoke City winger believes the Tottenham Hotspur boss dropped Danny Rose for tactical reasons.

Former Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has done a brilliant job of summarising a whole match in less than 140 characters on Twitter after Tottenham's 3-0 defeat to the Potters on Saturday afternoon.

Indeed, the ex-Stoke man put forward his theory on social media after the north London side left the Britannia Stadium with nothing but a red card and three goals conceded to their name.

Etherington feels Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was fooled by the 'Stoke stereotype' that they would play in plenty of crosses and use their aerial threat against Spurs.

That, in his opinion, was what prompted the Argentine to play four centre-backs along the back four, only for Mark Hughes' Stoke side to 'pass them off the park.'

The ex-Potters winger says he saw the same tactic every time Tottenham played Stoke when they were managed by Tony Pulis - and was particularly puzzled by Pochettino refusing to utilise Danny Rose or DeAndre Yedlin.

Stoke are now only eight points behind Tottenham in the Premier League table, although they cannot catch them in the standings as both teams have just two games remaining of their campaign.

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